Ignatius: Ben Bernanke, crisis manager

When Ben Bernanke was asked last month what historians would write about his eight-year tenure as Fed chairman, which ends Jan. 31, he gave a characteristically reticent answer: “I’ll be interested to see. I hope I live long enough to read the textbooks.” The...

Parker: There they go again

If you happen to be one of those who enjoy politics as a blood sport, 2014’s midterm election promises to be a carnival of gore. And that’s just in the Republican Party. Democrats must be giddy. After ending 2013 with tails tucked, thanks to a series of errors,...

Will: Politics, by the numbers

Two years from today, Iowa — dark, brooding, enigmatic Iowa — will be enjoying its quadrennial moment as the epicenter of the universe. And in 10 months, voters will vent their spleens — if they still are as splenetic as they now claim to be — in...

Drug traffickers threaten Central America’s democratic gains

Elliott Abrams is a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He was a deputy national security adviser in the George W. Bush administration and assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs in the Reagan administration. Three decades...

What the Mideast peace process needs

Yonatan Touval is a foreign policy analyst based in Tel Aviv. He has worked with several Israeli nongovernmental organizations dedicated to advancing final-status agreements between Israel and its neighbors. As Secretary of State John Kerry hammers out the principles for an...

Illustrations that hit and missed

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Slow population growth isn’t all bad

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Swap out those cowboy boots for a helmet

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The missing ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast members

Hank Stuever’s Dec. 19 Style review of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” [“It’s still a good try!”] limited the context to a racial perspective. This season, controversy swirled around the show’s lack of female African American cast...

Honoring the dead with prayer

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